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Concerto for Group & Orchestra
Deep Purple
Concerto for Group & Orchestra
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
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1990 EMI reissue of their 1970 album for the label with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold, plus two bonus tracks from 1977, 'Child In Time' & 'Wring That Neck'. Five tracks total. The album was r...  more »

      
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All Artists: Deep Purple
Title: Concerto for Group & Orchestra
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Import
Release Date: 10/20/1998
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Europe, British Isles, British Invasion, Supergroups, Arena Rock, British Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077779488629

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1990 EMI reissue of their 1970 album for the label with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold, plus two bonus tracks from 1977, 'Child In Time' & 'Wring That Neck'. Five tracks total. The album was recorded live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The band's Jon Lord composed the original three tracks on the album. The full title is 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra'.

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Sounds like a movie score
Miguel Lescano Cornejo | Guayaquil, Ecuador | 11/15/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This Concerto looks like an unfinished work and jumps from one theme to other, much like Claude Debussy's "Images". Among classical music, the closest relatives to this kinda music are movie's soundtracks. In fact, First movement would fit a superhero film, second movement a medieval-ambiance one, and third movement a movie about gladiator competitions in the Roman empire. However, the mixture is not perfect.

If you like this, you will certainly like the more developed song "April", buried in Deep Purple's third album, "Deep Purple". I think April would have fit in the Concerto as a fourth movement, and would have been the best movement.

Also, you might also like the similar symphonic/rock mixture present in "Hey Joe", from the album "Shades of Deep Purple". Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother" (1970) seems to have been inspired by this Concerto, but in Atom Heart Mother a third element is added: weird noises. The result is not as good as that which Deep Purple attained one year before. It's quite a pity Deep Purple changed their trends and went plain heavy metal from then on."
Deep Purple & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jay Johnson | Mandan, North Dakota United States | 04/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this vinyl record back in the early 70's. It is one heck of a performance, and the guitar work is unbelievable. I wouldn't part with this record, unless you would want to trade a vintage Stratocaster for it. Then I might consider it."
When I'm dead.................................
J. C. M. Kemenade | the Netherlands, Barneveld | 02/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's actually very simple. Ever since I was a little boy, I've always contemplated the music I want to be played at my burial (or cremation for that matter). No speeches, to save any audience well-meant crap, but music, only music! To me music symbolizes the sheer genius of mankind and is able to voice every possible emotion I can have at any given moment. It lifts me up and beats me down (what is a mountain without a valley?), caresses and comforts me. I simply can't imagine life without music. Over the years I've come to appreciate so many forms of music, fell in love with so many songs, symphonies, bits and pieces, that it seems virtually impossible to make a selection, representing in less than an hour my musical "meaning of life". But, not too long ago, all of a sudden it struck me. Back in my teens came, on hindsight, the epitomy of my musical life: Deep Purple's Concerto For Group And Orchestra; Jon Lord's masterpiece. The ultimate fusion of classical music and rock music (ie classic rock). This concerto, and nothing else, is the music to be played at my funeral (you're all invited).
I just can't think of a greater salute to this truly masterpiece. I rest my case!"